Festival brings hip hop to marina
If you've ever wanted to showcase your boxing skills while floating on a river, stop by the upcoming hip hop festival at Promontory Park.
During DJ Jonny Blaze's River HipHop Fest, particpants be able to box with foam gloves while floating on inflatable mats.
Boxing is just one of activities planned for the event, which is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the marina at 40600 S.E. Highway 224.
Harlan Brosa, also known as DJ Jonny Blaze, is excited to connect audiences with the artists that will perform during the afternoon. The lineup includes ThatKidCry, Bad Habitat, DayDreamer, Freedom, C-Ry, Black Bear and Fahari.
"This is my dream lineup of local artists," Brosa said. "It's representative of hip hop and what the Portland area has. . .They're all excited about performing with the other artists."
Aaron Nash, or ThatKidCry, enjoys creating new songs to share with audiences.
"It's like a puzzle. You come up with flows, and then it's fitting words where the flows go and then deciding what to say that's understandable," he said.
He's looking forward to performing at the festival.
"I'm excited to be in a new area," he said. "I like going places I haven't been to and introducing my music to people who haven't heard it."
The River HipHop Fest is family friendly, and some of the musicians' children will be there.
"Some of the artists' kids have never seen them perform before because a lot of venues are 21 and over," Brosa said. "So some of them will be performing in front of their kids for the first time."
Along with live music, the day will also include kayak and paddle boarding races, face painting, a bounce house, a dunk tank, a raffle and games for children. Adults will be able to enjoy a beer garden. Most activities are free, though the boxing is $5 per person.
Smokey Bear is also expected to stop by the event, along with the Clackamas County Search and Rescue dogs and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit BaxWar's anti-bullying program, which connects speakers with schools in the region. Baxwar, which is working toward establishing itself as a nonprofit organization, is a group of artists who have dedicated themselves to helping schools, veterans and other causes. There are 68 divisions of the organization worldwide.
"We're a group of artists of all forms — musicians, chefs, painters. Anything you do that you're passionate about is an art form," Brosa said.
The River HipHop Fest is facilitated by Brosa's company Blazen Ent. and Jae Chun of Ko-Core Corp. Chun also operates Promontory Park.
"(Jae) has been instrumental. We wouldn't be able to do it without him," Brosa added.
He's looking forward to the festival and encouraged anyone interested to stop by.
"It lets people see what hip hop is all about," he said.